This entry shares Interdisciplinary Art Group SERDE's research on the production of 'Moonshine' (Kandža in Latvian) and Soap, as learned in folkloric technology oral testimony conducted with various individuals who lived in the Courland (Kurzeme) region, Latvia, from 2007-2009.
The 4-page booklet which demonstrated how to make both moonshine spirits and soap according to traditional, DIY 'hacker' methodologies, was originally published by SERDE in Latvian language. The publication was prepared by Signe Pucena, Ieva Vītola, Uģis Pucens, Ināra Dinne, and was supported by the Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation.
The 'Moonshine' instructions were based on research published in SERDE's 'Exercise-Book of Traditions' series with the title, 'Brandava gatavošana Viduskurzemē (2007) (LV).
The English language translation was commissioned by Andrew Gryf Paterson (who proofread also), on the occasion of Pixelache Helsinki 2010 Festival, which featured SERDE's Signe Pucena and Ugis Pucens, who conducted a 'Herbal Tinctures' workshop as part of Herbologies/Foraging Networks programme, co-curated with Ulla Taipale.
It is released here with a Creative Commons license as part of the 10 year anniversary of the programme, and in the context of Global Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID-19, where hundreds of millions of people are in lockdown situations, and 'staying at home'.